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Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
Parliamentary constituency Diamond Harbour
Assembly constituency Metiaburuz
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area code(s) +91 33

Metiabruz is a neighbourhood on the southern fringe of Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.


Metiabruz has a rich history. The Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah, took refuge here when he was ousted by the British from his throne, and attempted to build a replica of his palace in Matiaburj. The Imambara he created stands at the centre of Matiaburj.It is sometimes called the 'Second Lucknow'.


The area is connected with central Kolkata by road, through the Circular Garden Reach Rd, a 40 min drive. This road ends at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Borough Committee 15 office. And from here its name changes to Wajid Ali Shah road which goes to the Metiaburj Police Station and from here it divides into the S. A. Farooqui Road and the Wajid Ali Shah Road, the main arterial roads of the place. The well-known Botanical Gardens of Shibpur are located just across the Hooghly river. Another local district, Howrah, is well connected with Matiaburj through a frequent ferry and boat service.


Matiaburj is a key industrial location, with the Southern Thermal Power Station (coal) and a water pumping station that supplies water to major parts of the city. It also has a shipyard, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, founded in 1884, that is engaged in making warships of Indian Navy and Coast Guard, and is home to one of the largest textile manufacturers in India.[citation needed]. The area is largest producer of non branded garments in India. The haat bazaar (weekly market) here is the largest in India.[citation needed] Another key area of employment in the city are brick-kilns, which generally employ daily wage workers. Matiaburj is also famous for being the largest kite manufacturer in the world.[citation needed]

Population and Linguistics[edit]

The population of Metiabruz consists mainly of Muslim (75%).[citation needed] The main spoken languages include Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. It is home to a large number of unskilled labourers that settled here from rural areas in West Bengal and Bihar, who are employed on a daily wage; this includes construction workers, cleaners, plumbers, and painters.[citation needed]

Education in Metiabruz does not feature highly on the local government agenda[citation needed] although Metiabruz recently got a college named Metiabruz College under Kolkatta University but only for Arts and the subjects offered Are Urdu, English, Hindi, History, Political Science and Education and Honours only in Political science and Urdu.However, off late interest in education is rising among the middle class Muslim population. Numerous privately owned schools (English Medium)and Government aided schools have come up and a college (Hari Mohan Ghosh College)has been set up by the Government. Literacy rate is low, more infrastructural development are expected from Government in the education sector.

Due to the huge concentration of population, sanitation is a big problem and it has always remained an issue among political parties during election."Katcha Toilets" are still found in some areas. Broken drains and nallas create a messy condition during rainy season.

See also[edit]

There are very few schools are in this area. All are Urdu medium. Government effort are negligible for building education environment.

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Times of India
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:07:30 -0800

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Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:24:41 -0800

All together, the state is expected to witness violence in nearly 40 municipalities including sensitive areas like Garden Reach and Metiabruz. Sensing trouble, the state BJP workers are setting up “booth suraksha committees” to prevent booth capturing ...
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:59:23 -0800

A major fire broke out at a garment godown in a building at Metiabruz, an area in the southern fringe of the city, today. Fifteen fire tenders have been pushed into service after the fire was reported at the godown at 6.05 AM, fire service sources said ...
Times of India
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:37:20 -0700

KOLKATA: The Metiabruz kite hub may be inching towards its end, putting at stake the livelihood of a group of people who survive on the business. Just a day to go for Vishwakarma Puja, when the city will wake up to screams of "bho katta", a TOI visit ...
Calcutta Telegraph
Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:36:35 -0700

On the fringes of Calcutta lie unsolved mysteries. One such mystery is Metiabruz, once known as the “second Lucknow”, and now labelled a crime den. Once a king called Wajid Ali Shah, ousted from his throne in Awadh by the British, tried to recreate his ...
Times of India
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:37:30 -0700

KOLKATA: One person was arrested in connection with the bomb blast that killed two persons, including a woman, at Metiabruz in the Kolkata Port area on Sunday evening. The accused, Shiekh Zahidur Rahman, was held for allegedly stocking bombs on the ...
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Times of India
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:19:25 -0700

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